2016 MLB Draft: Hansen’s draft stock takes major hit

Dating back to last year, Oklahoma right-hander Alec Hansen was regarded as a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft. However, Hansen’s draft stock took a major hit this spring.

A 6-foot-7, 235-pound hurler, Hansen missed fall ball with a forearm injury, lost his rotation spot after a miserable start to the 2016 season and has likely dropped out of consideration of being a first round selection.

While Hansen says he’s healthy, he has struggled to produce this season. In nine games (six starts), he’s registered a 6.58 ERA with a 0-4 record, 38 strikeouts and 24 walks in 26 innings of work.

Hansen has a solid fastball, which sits between 94-98 mph, and a devastating slider, while his changeup is still a work in progress.

While Hansen has a high ceiling and the tools to be a talented starting pitcher, he’s struggled with consistency and to remain healthy during his time at Oklahoma.

Hansen is a boom or bust prospect. Although, he has the potential to be a starting pitcher at the major league level, he has struggled to prove that during his college career. He will still be an early round selection in June’s draft, but his chances of being a first round pick are slim.

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Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski IIIhttp://BaseballProspectJournal.com
Dan Zielinski III is the creator of the Baseball Prospect Journal and has covered the MLB draft since 2015. His draft work originally appeared on The3rdManIn.com, a sports website he started in December 2011. He also covered the Milwaukee Brewers as a member of the credentialed media for four years. Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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